July 7th, 2003

Amak Axver

Limited vocabulary, spammers, personas, and things like that

Limited vocabulary: my acquiantance Tim is driving me mad with his very limited vocabulary. Amongst the following are words he has never heard of at all (not just doesn't know the meaning of): 'pedantic', 'facetious', 'self-contradictory', 'contradict' (that shocked me), and 'oxymoron'. Plus, when I wrote "All the people I talk to on AIM live in America bar one, who lives in Australia.", he thought that I'd typoed 'but' as 'bar'. He was totally unaware that it could be used in that context. I actually found that quite amusing, because I had to explain to him - slowly, too - that it was not a typo. Most people I know, if they didn't know it could be used like that, would've just questioned me on the usage, but he went straight ahead and assumed it was a typo.

Spammers and personas: I'm getting sick of the Soon MB being spammed and invaded by personas. It's annoying, stupid, and makes me want to break something. First it was JerryIsAnAssHole - but that was only one thread and may not be applicable - and now we've got idiots like JBJ_Rules, I AM A GOODER MO, and Super-Duper Rapture Boy. It's driving me mad and I wish they'd stop. And now we have folks popping up named Andre and Andres. Is this some deliberate ripoff of me? Grr.

OK, personas are sometimes witty and clever if done well, like Keikikoka's I Love Eggs! persona on YTF. That was very good and made me laugh. But stupid crap like JBJ_Rules makes me want to scream. If people are going to do personas, they could at least do them tastefully and with some humour. Stupid spamming - especially when it gives away important story elements like JBJ_Rules did on the SMB in regards to Harry Potter - is pathetic, immature, and needs to stop.

By the way, can anyone tell me if Anakin Skywalker on YTF was a persona or not? I did have one massive argument with him at the start of this year, so I'd love to know if I was arguing with a real person or with some persona. I'd also love to know who did it if he was a persona. Looking back on that argument, I must say all I can do is laugh. I acted so immaturely, and instead of beating myself up over it or anything, I figure the best thing to do is learn lessons from it (which I have), and then be able to laugh at it. We all need to laugh at ourselves from time to time, I think.

I'd post some more stuff but I doubt anyone cares, so I won't. If you do want to hear more, just remind me of my Mum's over-sensitive ex-boyfriend who couldn't laugh at himself.
  • Current Music
    'Ultra Violet (Light My Way)' by U2
Amak Axver

Grr ....

I'm mad. I'm happy at the same time, if that makes any sense. Right now, I have my U2 on, I'm talking to someone I like, talked earlier on to other people I like talking to, it's a pleasant day, and I've done nothing but that which I want to do. But I'm still mad! YTF is gone, and it's made me realise some stuff. It hurts that it's gone, it still does, and it's made me realise some stuff. Life is full of hurt, it gets worse as you go along, and it's harder to deal with.

But I don't feel like talking about this now. I'm sick of unhappiness and hurt. I'm sick of things being depressing. Why can't things be nice? Why can't I have YTF back? Why can't the world stop being so crap and hurtful? Why can't people be nice and caring and understanding for one bloody minute? Well, a few people I know are, but they are in the DISTINCT minority. If I were to tell anyone at school my winter holiday was crap because I lost YTF, what would they do? LAUGH! They don't understand and they don't care, and that makes me mad! Not even U2 makes me feel better. Well, if they went on tour NOW and I got front row tickets and got to meet them, maybe I'd feel better for a day or two, but usually listening to U2 makes me feel good and it's not at the moment, and I HATE that. It's supposed to make me feel better but it doesn't! Grr.

Anyhow, onto other topics. Aaron is coming round tomorrow. I'm looking forward to playing some table tennis, and hopefully I'll still be able to get online. I need a logical reasn for us both to get on ... I don't know if I can think of one, though. And he can't possibly find out about my LiveJournal. That wouldn't be good, not at all.

And now my Internet has disconnected and is taking forever to sign in again. Ah, there it goes. Ninth attempt! Geez. Ever since my ISP rolled out their new network, it usually takes me forever to sign on. One day it took me THIRTY-SEVEN attempts. Usually it's been taking me anywhere between 5 and 14 attempts. It's so annoying, especially because it used to connect on the 1st go, and rarely later than the 3rd. Hopefully it's just they're getting used to the new network and everything will be right soon enough. I hope it's just teething troubles.

Hopefully I'll be getting broadband in November. That would be simply lovely ...

And in other news, I'm listening to So Cruel by U2 right now. I did hate this song, but it's grown on me, quite a bit. Not a bad song at all.
  • Current Music
    'So Cruel' by U2
Amak Axver

Can't be bothered thinking of something clever to put here

I'm tired. Amazingly so. I'm glad I'm having an early night tonight because I need it, although I'm having an early morning tomorrow so it's kinda getting negated ... although I don't think you can really call 9am early. It's jusr that Aaron's coming round at 10 - how does the guy get up every day at 7am? - and so I figure it's best if I'm actually up when he gets here, especially seeing I'm going to be the only person home at the time. So Mum's going to wake me at 8am when she leaves, and then I'll put on a U2 CD and drift in and out of sleep for the next hour. At about that point I'll consider getting up far earlier than I consider humane - 11am is more my hour - and maybe have a shower because I was too lazy to have one tonight.

It's nice to have a friend around - proves my offline life still does exist - although Aaron's a weird one. It's hard to describe Aaron. I think he's gay (he vehemently denies the allegation), which makes me uncomfortable, and he does act effeminately and it can be a bit freaky at times, and he's a great candidate for the next ticket to a mental institute, but he can also be fun to hang around sometimes and he's good at table tennis (even though the amount of times he's played can be counted on one hand - he's naturally gifted and should play more). What annoys me about him is his dislike of U2 when he won't even give them a chance. I try to put on a U2 CD, but NO, he won't listen to them. I'm fine with Burns not liking them because he gave them a go and they just don't do his kind of music (although I wish he wouldn't cringe and get annoyed when a U2 song comes on (I think he does that just to piss me off)), but if Aaron won't even give them a go, that doesn't impress me. He actually said, from the bits he's heard "It's good until the singing starts." That got me very confused. At least he likes the instrumental side of U2 - The Edge is a genius, if you ask me - but how can you say that and then go and insult Bono? The guy's got a bloody marvellous voice. When he comes round tomorrow, I'm going to have a U2 CD - or video, I don't know which - and make sure he listens. I'm not taking him disliking them when he hasn't even given them a chance.

Speaking of U2, I'm really starting to come to like songs I never used to like. Wild Honey has started to grow on me a bit (although I still don't like it much), and I actually waited to hear the end of So Cruel before I went to get dinner tonight (I used to HATE that song), and Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World is growing to me for the simple reason that the line "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle" cracks me up every time I hear it. What was Bono thinking when he sung that? Well, I guess the only explanation is that Larry Mullen Junior used to describe it: "An Irish drinking song."

And right now I'm making very tentative plans for going to the USA and to a U2 concert or concerts. Now, U2 apparently will begin a tour in either March or September next year, depending on when they finish recording the new album, and I'm going to try to follow them around Australia. If I can find the money, I'll also go to one in America. Preferably, they'll tour in September because that'll give me more time to get some cash. Now, when I finish high school, I'm going to go to America, travel around, and meet some of my friends who I know online. So that'll be in late 2004 or during 2005 sometime. I would love it if a U2 concert in America coincides with me going over there. That would be PERFECT. Doubt it'll happen, though.

Now, I don't know what anyone else will think about this, but I remember talk about holding a YTF convention of sorts. If I could get myself over to America late 2004 - 2005-ish, we could plan something for then. But that's quite a way in the future, so ...

My first problem is actually getting money. I'm dirt poor, my family isn't much better off, and I don't have a job. Grr. I need a job. NEED. Only problems are that I'm lazy - not that motivated to get Mum to take me down to the shops to get job applications - and that I'm shy - if I did get motivated, I'd be too shy to ask for said applications. Maybe one day Mum'll be nice and get some applications for me while she's at the shops.

Surely someone's prepared to pay me for listening to U2 CDs ... geez, I already do it 24/7. I've been listening to Achtung Baby for two days straight now (Love Is Blindness is FANTASTIC, people), and I listened to the Beautiful Day single for an entire day and a half before that. Surely that's worth money to someone!

Anyhow, maybe I should be going ... although I'm not as tired as I was. Hmmm ... maybe I'll do one of those survey things and then go to bed. Ah, indecision, isn't it marvellous? I think I'll go put on the Zooropa CD. There we go, a decision. That might get the ball rolling. Wow I'm lazy at times ... ha, a lot of people would say "Tell me something I didn't know" to that comment ...
  • Current Music
    'Lemon' by U2
Amak Axver

Look, it's a survey! Aren't you just in awe?

Yes, I feel like doing one of these, and so I shall. I'm not even sure where I stole this from any more ...

What is your name?: For me to know and you to ... not find out.
How old are you?: Too old for you (or too young if you're from Neptune).
Where are you from?: Did my STALKA write this?
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?: No, but I have male friends and female friends, if that counts for anything.
Do you have a secret crush?: If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret any more, would it?
Do they love you back?: Ha. I sincerely doubt it. I sincerely doubt anyone would love me back. And so I repeat my 'Ha!', but this time with an exclamation mark, to show my contempt for this question.
Are your parents together?: No, they are separate entities. What did you think they were? A hermaphrodite?
Who is your favorite parent?: Homer Simpson. He is such a good father, yes. Well you didn't ask which of MY parents was my favourite, did you?

Bird or fish: Fish! Well, actually, I'm not sure - I just said that because the line "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle" (U2, Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around the World) is ringing in my mind.
Pizza or burger: Tough one ... probably a pizza, because they seem to last longer, and when you buy them from fast food places, they look more like in the pictures on the ads than burgers do.
Coffee or tea: Coffee. But I only like it when it's loaded with sugar.
Plane or ship: Probably ship.
Pen or pencil: Pen. They don't have leads that break.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend/crush?: Stop repeating yourself.
When was the last time you danced?: Never.
What do you notice first?: I am getting very sick of being asked this question, and mainly because I have no good answer for it.

Song?: 'Gloria (UABRS version)' by U2, but it may soon be replaced by 'Bad' or 'The Electric Co. (UABRS CD version)'
Band/Singer?: U2!
Style of music?: U2. It's a genre. I don't care if you think it isn't, I've decided U2 is a genre.
TV show?: M*A*S*H and Fawlty Towers rock.
Movie?: The Great Escape
Sport?: Rugby union, closely followed by cricket. The Tri-Nations (rugby union competition) starts this weekend! w00t!
Breed of cat?: Ha, never been asked this before, and I don't know.
Subject at school?: Geography, Modern History, German, Drama. They're all good fun.
Clothing?: My New Zealand Black Caps (international one-day cricket team) shirt.

Song?: Too many. Just don't go there.
Band/Singer?: I can't stand Kylie Minogue.
Style of music?: Rap or country.
TV Show?: I hate Friends. There's a few others, too, but I can't think of them right now. But someone had Friends on the TV downstairs earlier, and I wasn't happy.
Movie?: Hmmm ... I generally avoid movies that I hear are crap ... so I don't know.
Sport?: Er ... croquet? Lawn bowls? Something like that. Although they're not that bad when you're playing them, just tremendously boring to watch on TV.
Breed of cat?: Dude, you just copied the favourites list, didn't you?
Subject at school?: Probably English because half the stuff we do in it surely can't be what we're supposed to be doing (and that stuff is crap, too, so I sure hope it's not in the syllabus!).
Clothing?: I like all my clothes. Actually, no, I hate my school uniform sports shorts because I can't get a decent size. Whenever I go to get a bigger pair, they're not bigger in length, but in width (get a few centimetres wider but only a few millimetres longer) and it's bloody frustrating. I'm not getting fatter, people, I'm getting taller!

What did you think of this survey?: A good way to pass the time before staggering to bed.
Would you do it again?: Why would I waste my time doing a survey I've already DONE? Hmmm, think about that.
  • Current Music
    'The First Time' by U2